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Department of Psychiatry

Erin A. Zerbo, M.D.


Behavioral Health Science Building (BHSB)
183 South Orange Avenue Room F-1542

Phone: (973) 972-1661

Clinical Info

Medical Expertise

Addiction Psychiatry
General Adult Psychiatry


Hospital Affiliation

University Hospital, Newark


Insurance Participation

Insurance Participation: with Provider Number ( where applicable ) The information below is subject to change and should not be relied upon until after it is verified with the insurance company. In addition, psychiatric providers should be contacted directly for information on their participation with managed care and insurance companies.

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Erin Zerbo, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Rutgers
New Jersey Medical School, and the Associate Director of Medical Student Education in
Psychiatry. She currently works on the inpatient psychiatry unit at University

Dr. Zerbo received her B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology in 2003, and her M.D. from New York University School of
Medicine in 2007. She continued in a psychiatry residency at NYU,
where she served as chief resident during her PGY-IV year and received the Harold I.
Kaplan Memorial Award for excellence in teaching and the Wendy Rives Memorial Award
for compassion in working with the severely mentally ill. Following residency, she
remained at NYU for a one-year fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry, and then served as
the Associate Director of the Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Service at Bellevue
Hospital and the Associate Director of the NYU Addiction Psychiatry fellowship.

Dr. Zerbo’s primary interest has always been the treatment of addiction in the
context of public psychiatry. She is especially interested in the pharmacotherapy of
substance use disorders among underserved populations, and in addressing systemic
barriers to integrated and continuous care. She has published a variety of chapters
and peer-reviewed journal articles on the subject of addiction, and has lectured
extensively on addiction and co-occurring disorders.



M.D., 2007, New York University, School of Medicine
B.S., 2003, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Licensure & Certification

Medical Licensure
New Jersey


American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology - Psychiatry




Relevant Publications:

Grogan K, Zerbo E. Breaking down the wall: a narrative approach to addiction. Med Humanities 2015 June 30. DOI 10.1136/medhum-2015-010697
Levounis P, Zerbo E, Aggarwal R. A middle way: Introducing a flexible year-long program to prepare for certification in addiction medicine. Acad Psychiatry 2015 June 27. DOI 10.1007/s40596-015-0378-x
Avery J, Zerbo E. Improving psychiatry residents’ attitudes towards individuals diagnosed with substance use disorders. Harv Rev Psychiatr. 2015;23(4):296-300.
Avery J, Zerbo E, Ross S. Improving psychiatrists’ attitudes towards individuals with psychotic disorders and co-occurring substance use disorders. Acad Psychiatry. 2015 May 15. PMID: 25977100
Liu J, Zerbo E, Ross S. Intensive ketamine use for multiple years: a case report. Am J Addict. 2015;24(1):7-9.
Kennedy CA, Zerbo E. HIV-related neurocognitive disorders and drugs of abuse: Mired in confound, surrounded by risk. Curr Addict Rep. 2014;1:229-236.
Zerbo E, Cohen S, Bielska W, Caligor E. Transference-focused psychotherapy in the general psychiatry residency: a useful and applicable model for residents in acute clinical settings. Psychodyn Psychiatry.
Zerbo E, Kondracke AM. Psychiatric Principles. In: Goldfrank's Toxicologic Emergencies, 10th edition. Nelson LS, Lewin NA, Howland MA, Hoffman RS, Goldfrank LR, Flomenbaum NE, eds. McGraw-Hill, New York, New York; 2015:341-355.
Zerbo E, Deringer E. To Steal or Not To Steal: That is the Question (Kleptomania). In: Behavioral Addictions Casebook. Levounis P, Ascher M, eds. American Psychiatric Publishing, Arlington, VA; 2015:113-135.
Ross S, Guss J, Zerbo E. Co-Occurring Personality Disorders and Addiction. In: Principles of Addiction Medicine, 5th edition. Ries R, Fiellin D, Miller S, Saitz R, eds. Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA; 2014:1385-1402.


Courses Taught


Mind, Brain and Behavior (MBB) is an integrated course that ranges from basic neuroscience, which includes neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurochemistry, and neurotransmitter functions, to behavioral correlates of neural structure and function, clinical correlates of neural dysfunction, neurological diagnosis, and psychopathology. The faculty is drawn from the Departments of Neuroscience and Psychiatry, with other departments participating as appropriate. The course synthesizes basic science and clinical aspects of the knowledge that we have acquired in the neurosciences and behavioral sciences and utilizes this body of knowledge to provide a better understanding of disorders of the nervous and behavioral systems. The teaching modalities emphasize active student participation. Information on key topics is provided in the form of lectures, small-group sessions which utilize case-history presentations, as well as laboratories in neuroanatomy



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